Welcome to Kick-ins, a summary of the week’s arena soccer news.
5/21/18 – Comets Under New Ownership – One year ago we almost lost the Kansas City Comets. An ownership fallout and a protracted lawsuit put the future of the team in doubt. With assistance from the Tacoma Stars and Milwaukee Wave ownership groups Brian Budzinski kept this incarnation of the Comets that he founded afloat. Now a new group, led by Colin Weaver, is taking the baton to carry the venerated franchise into the future. So far Weaver has pledged to keep the current staff in place and to keep things more or less the same, but better, promising to provide additional resources to enhance all aspects of the team’s operations.
5/24/18 – Happily Ever Hewerton – St. Louis Ambush fans and arena fans in general will have a rare chance to enjoy a victory lap with one of the game’s great players. Hewerton Moreira announced he will make the 2018/19 season his final go round, at which point he will drop the “player” from his player/coach title. Hewerton has played 14 seasons and scored over 350 points in nearly 300 career games with the San Diego Sockers, Milwaukee Wave, Detroit Ignition, Philadelphia Kixx, Chicago Mustangs, Cedar Rapids Rampage and St. Louis. Hewerton will be 39 when the season starts.
“Three championships, a few All Star Games, a few awards were all great, but nothing beats the amazing memories and friendships I’ve made,” Hewerton said. “I’m so thankful and grateful for the past 14 years I’ve shared my passion and love for this amazing sport. Although I’m sad that it will be an end of era, I’m happy that I will be dedicating myself to working hard as Head Coach to bring the great fans of St. Louis a winning team.”
5/25/18 – Are You Messing With Us? – American soccer legend Shep Messing hasn’t been very visible around the indoor scene since the mid-’80s, but apparently he’s been harboring a secret crush.
“I’ve had some great, great moments and great, great history in the outdoor game, but I love indoor soccer beyond belief,” he told Front Row Soccer.
According to Michael Lewis’s eye-opening article in Front Row Soccer (HE’S INTERESTED: Messing wants to invest in, help revive indoor Lancers) Messing has been mulling projects as wide ranging as an MASL expansion team in New York, a bid to revive the Rochester Lancers, and even a new league he pitched to Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.